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own demonstration. >> were the injuries on mr. zimmerman's back of the head consistent with someone doing this on cement? >> reporter: the defense concluded by calling two emotional witnesses. the first a young mother who described a home invasion in the same neighborhood where the shooting happened. when she had to lock herself in her infant son's room. >> i was locked in my son's bedroom, and he was shaking the doorknob trying to get in. i was sitting there with a pair of rusty scissors and my son in one arm. >> reporter: she was not only a character witness for the defense explaining how zimmerman had counseled her after the breakin, but her testimony painted a picture of a neighborhood on alert. then came zimmerman's father who answered what has became a mantra for the defense and the prosecution. whose voice was screaming for help the night martin died? >> absolutely. it's my son, george. >> reporter: and in a move many court watchers anticipated, the prosecution asked the judge for lesser charges to be included. manslaughter, and aggravated assault. the judge will make that de
fair for mr. zimmerman not to be able to put on his defense because of the state's tactics. it was a strategy obviously, because they had it in january and kept it from us, made us spend 100 hours digging it out, playing games with us, lying to this court and now it's our fault? it's our fault? denying mr. zimmerman the right to present this information violate both the florida and united states constitution. thank you. >> the judge said look, let's not get into this, we're done for the day. there were more developments, including testimony from a high powered witness for the defense. details from marten savage. >> reporter: famed pathologist dr. vincent demayo said the bullet hole in trayvon martin's clothing and body, said it proved that martin was on top. he said he could tell martin was on top, because even though zimmerman's gun was touching the hoody, the hoody was not touching martin's skin. >> in fact, we know that the clothing was two to four inches away is consistent with somebody leaning over the person doing the shooting and that the clothing is two to four inch
demonstration. >> were the injuries on mr. zimmerman's head consistent with someone doing this on cement? >> reporter: the defense concluded by calling two emotional witnesses. the first a young mother who described a home invasion in the same neighborhood where the shooting happened. when she had to lock herself in her infant son's room. >> i was locked in my son's bedroom and he was shaking the doorknob trying to get in. i was there with a pair of rusty scissors and my son in one arm. >> reporter: she was not only a character witness for the defense, but her testimony paint ed a picture of a neighborhood on alert. then came zimmerman's father who answered what has became a mantra for the defense and the prosecution. whose voice was screaming for help the night martin died? >> absolutely. it's my son, george. >> reporter: and in a move many court watchers anticipated, the prosecution asked the judge for lesser charges to be included. manslaughter, and aggravated assault. the judge will make that decision thursday. and whether stand your ground will be included in the jury instructions.
in the afternoon when the judge asked mr. zimmerman whether he would testify or not. he said he needed more time to decide. what finally made him decide not to? i assume for most of this trial, you've known he's not going to testify. >> actually, that's not true. he was really considering testifying. he wanted to tell the jury what he did, why he did it and what he was facing when he made that decision to fire the shot. i think the confusion was more of semantics than substance, though. whenever that decision is made, it's always with consultation with counsel and george wanted to include that information. so that was a little bit of confusion but really without a point. >> what convinced him not to do it? i assume your advice was not to do it. >> yeah. the way i look at it, i have to convince myself if the state has proven their case beyond a reasonable doubt before i would consider putting any client on the stand. i just don't think that they presented it, so there was no reason to put him on the stand, realizing he's already given five or six statements that the jury can consider. >> the stat
suffered at least six impacts. >> is this injury consist 2e7b89 with mr. zimmerman's head having impacted a sidewalk? >> yes. >> reporter: the prosecution jumped on a key question that the defense expert couldn't answer. >> you're not testifying as to who started what led up to the death of sflaim >> that's correct, sir. >> and you're not saying who attacked who, whether it was george zimmerman who attacked trayvon martin or whether it was trayvon martin who attacked george zimmerman, you can't say? >> that's correct, sir. >> in fact, you can't testify as to who threw the first punch. >> that's correct, sir. >> and you can't say whether it was trayvon martin defending himself or george zimmerman defending himself in terms of when this first started. >> when it first started, that's correct, sir. >> reporter: the prosecutor got the witness to admit the defense was paying demayo $400 an hour for his expertise. but demayo said the case didn't require a lot of his time. >> up to yesterday, $2400. this is not exactly a complicated case. >> reporter: the state was also to get the pathologist to
. this is the law. and in you follow the law and do what you're supposed to do, you will find mr. zimmerman not guilty. and i think he's going to passionately, at least for a large part of this, go through what is it to have reasonable doubt. i think he's going to detail exactly what the facts show and i think he's going to do what i was saying, the definition of reasonable doubt. if there's two reasonable interpretations, one that points towards guilt, the other that points towards innocence, you must find him not guilty. and in this case, i think that's what he's going to do. >> he has one very specific assignment. he's got to show that self-defense is a defense both to murder and to manslaughter. he's got a big problem with this manslaughter. the jury might want to compromise and convict him of manslaughter. that would be a disaster for george zimmerman. he's got to make the argument that self-defense is an absolute defense to both charges and try to persuade the jury not to compromise. >> it's interesting when you compare mark o'hara's style to the prosecutor today. o'mara, and you've b
leg. >> were the injuries on mr. zimmerman consistent with someone doing this on cement? >> i don't think so. >> how about this? >> how about somebody resisting the intent. if somebody was resisting the pushing down lie this? >> i believe so. >> a lot of the use of the dummy was about the trajectory of the gun. walk you will through the points that you think the prosecute and defense were trying to make. >> reporter: i think what the prosecution was trying to show is they were trying to discredit george zimmerman. if he in fact told his good friend that the legs of trayvon martin were up above the hips, how is george zimmerman going to get the gun to shoot him. we know he shot him, but he -- now, i think the point's made on both sides will be extremely important, just as you said, the trajectory of the shot based on where the parties were, because the prosecution brought into focus that maybe trayvon was trying to get away, was trying to stop the attack and get up from it all. but then you've got to look at the trajectory of the shot because on that point, george zimmerman is not
there, you know who he is. >> instead of the scream, the prosecution focused on zimmerman's language on his call to police, suggesting his use of profanity implied hatred, a key point when trying to prove second degree murder. >> it seemed to me like mr. de la riondo was trying to highlight it, make it sound heightened and i don't believe that way at all. i think it was more a statement. >> reporter: also called to testify was the owner of the gym where zimmerman trained in grapples and boxing for less than a year as part of a weight loss oo routine. >> what numbers would you assign to his abilities? >> .5. >> and he demonstrated the so-called ground and pound technique of fighting that a witness said he saw trayvon martin use when atop zimmerman on the night of the shooting. pollack said he's seen his shares of fight aftermaths and said after just days of the confrontation with trayvon martin zimmerman appeared black eyed and emotionally traumatized. >> let's bring in our panel, legal analyst and former federal prosecutor, sunny hostin, and jeffrey toobin. do you think that mark o'm
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